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‘FAQ’ facts on Springsteen from upcoming book

Book cover for 'Bruce Springsteen FAQ — All That's Left Know About Boss' by John. D. Luerssen

Book cover for "Bruce Springsteen FAQ — All That's Left to Know About the Boss" by John. D. Luerssen

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Updated: September 6, 2012 5:25PM

Some Chicago-related trivia from John Luerssen’s Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Boss, due Oct. 16:

◆ When Bruce was in the band Steel Mill (with longtime keyboardist Danny Federici and original E Street drummer Vini Lopez), he opened for Chicago’s own Elvin Bishop Group at the Matrix on Jan. 22, 1970.

◆ Springsteen helped give Southside Johnny Lyon his nickname in April 1971, after he showed up at a rehearsal in the New Jersey surfboard factory where Bruce had been living. Dressed like a veteran Chicago bluesman in a suit and fedora, Bruce mocked his pal, saying, “Hey man, it’s Chicago Johnny.” Lyon snapped back, “From the South Side.”

◆ Although he was raised in Maryland, E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren was born in Chicago in 1951.

◆ In October 1995, Springsteen toured as a member of Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, having produced that year’s “American Babylon.” Their October Assault tour touched down in just five cities and concluded at Chicago’s Park West.

◆ On “The Rising” tour’s first leg in 2002, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (an Evanston native) joined Bruce and the band in Chicago for a rendition of “My Hometown.”

◆ On 2006’s “Seeger Sessions” tour, Springsteen’s Chicago area show — like many on that tour — was a bust. The amphitheater in Tinley Park was only half full.

◆ Bruce’s Sept. 20, 2009, concert in Chicago marked the first time he played a full album on the tour, playing “Born to Run” in its entirety. That concert also boasted two unique covers: the Ronettes’ “Da Doo Ron Ron” and Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin.”

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